Altar Gates

Ref: 1879
  • Designer / Maker

    The design attributed to Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-78)

    The manufacture attributed to Francis Skidmore (1817-96)

  • Detail

    Brass, wrought and cast iron, with traces of polychrome painted decoration and hardstone cabochons (the supporting stand of later date)

    71 x 117 x11 cm

    English (probably Coventry), mid-19th century

  • Provenance

    By repute the Minster and Parish Church of Saint Peter-at-Leeds (Leeds Minster), 1837-4 by Robert Dennis Chantrell (1793-1872)

  • Notes

    The present gates have features in common with some of the best known nineteenth-century iron work produced by Skidmore.  Examples include the Lichfield Screen, 1855-61, the Hereford Screen, 1862 (now V&A) and the Albert Memorial, 1866-75.

    See Huw Jones and Annette Wickham, Francis Skidmore: A Coventry Craftsman, Coventry, 2003.

    No physical or documentary evidence has been found to confirm the provenance of these gates.